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Locals clean up after bad storms

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An issue with Walker County's emergency notification system caused some confusion for residents Thursday night. A tornado warning went out, instead of the flash flood warning issued by the national weather service.

EMS Director David Ashburn tells Channel 3 an error in the automated system caused the false tornado alert. He says it has been corrected.

Meanwhile, Families in south Walker County are not as concerned with the 911 mix up, but the damage mother nature left behind.

The Hice family said the intense winds only lasted a few minutes, but caused enough damage to leave them cleaning up for hours.  "I thought we was in trouble," said Tommy Hice.

Hice was in his small barn next to his home working on a truck with a friend when the storm came through. "The truck wasn't all the way in the shop when the wind started," he said. "By the time I got it back in there, I saw all the debris flying."

Debris that was coming from his barn. "Two big holes got knocked over our heads in the building and started pouring down rain in there," said Hice.

Hice showed us pictures of what the scene looked like Friday morning, with sheet metal all over the yard, trees snapped and hay bales unrolled. "There was a dog tied to the side of that hay. I don't know how it got loose," said Hice. "The thing it was tied with is through all those bales of hay."

Hice tells Channel 3 the family spent the day cleaning up the mess mother nature made. "We've tried to get stuff out that got wet and going through it and save what we can save and haul the rest off," he said.

It will be awhile before things are back to the way they were. "Still a lot of work to do," said Hice. But he is just grateful his family is safe. "We're lucky I guess."

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